Miscellaneous Marco Island, Florida Obituaries


Karen A. Garrity

Karen A. (Smith) Garrity, 56, of Hingham, Mass. and Marco Island died April 27, 1999.

She was the wife of the late William J. Garrity Sr. The couple owned and operated American Mobile Homes in Weymoth, Mass and were married 36 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne E. Sieminski of Plymouth, Mass., and Kathleen M. Ward of Hingham, Mass.; two sons, William J. Garrity Jr. of Hingham, Mass., and Robert P. Garrity of Hull, Mass.; parents Lloyd V. and Beverly G. (Jones) Smith of Hingham, Mass., and Marco Island; three brothers, Leonard F. Smith of Hanover, Donald L. Smith of Weymouth, and Peter A. Smith of Kingston. She was the the daughter-in-law of Alice E. (Keegan) Garrity-Wiltshire of Groton and Henry Wiltshire of Marco Island. Also survived by nine grandchildren, many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at St. Paul's Church, Hingham, Mass. Burial was in High Street Cemetery, Hingham. Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760; or to Dr. Peter Black Research Fund, Boston Neurosurgical Foundation, 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115.


Robert A. Kerasotes

Robert A. Kerasotes, 47, of Marco Island, died Monday, April 26, 1999. He had been a resident of Marco Island for the last eight years, having come from Springfield, Ill. He was a graduate of Southeast High School in Springfield and of Northwoods Institute in Dallas. He was a member of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield. He was the past president of GKC Theatres in Springfield and was most recently employed by Double Sunshine Charters in Naples.

Survivors include his parents, George and Marjorie Kerasotes of Springfield, Ill; a brother, Michael Kerasotes of Seattle; and a sister, Beth Kerasotes of Mechanicsburg, Ill.

The great loss of Robert was shared by countless friends in an oceanside ceremony. His ashes were committed to the Gulf of Mexico, where he was happiest. Goodbye for now old friend, until we meet again.


Bernadette A. Govoni

Bernadette A. (Walsh) Govoni, 68, of 14 Mt. View Ave., Shrewsbury, Mass., and Marco Island died Wednesday, April 28, in St. Vincent's Hospital after a brief illness.

She leaves her husband of 50 years, Donald P. Govoni Sr.; six sons, Donald P. Govoni Jr., Andrew F. and Bernard W. Govoni, all of Shrewsbury, Mass., Thomas S. Govoni of Sandwich, Mass., Joseph S. Govoni of Brewster, Mass., and Paul A. Govoni of Yarmouthport, Mass.; six daughters-in-law; two sisters, Marguerite Courtney of Shrewsbury, Mass. and Winifred Gingras of Worcester, Mass. She was predeceased by a son, James E. Govoni of Shrewsbury, Mass. who died in 1975.

She was born in Worcester, Mass., daughter of Edward J. and Mary C. (Collins) Walsh and had lived in Shrewsbury most of her life. She was a member of St Anne's Church.

A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel in Worcester with a Mass at St. Anne's Church. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 314, Marco Island, Fla. 34146.


Ronald Morris Uhl

Dr. Ronald Morris Uhl, 71, of Annapolis, Md., and Marco Island died of cardiac arrest April 26, 1999, at Johns Hopkins-Bayview while recovering from pneumonia that complicated his Parkinson's disease.

He was born in Mt. Savage, Md., in time to experience the Depression, inspirational ministers, duckpin setting and play acting, establish a dance band and be drafted into the U. S. Army Just as World War II ended. He focused progressively on his education at Frostburg State, Western Maryland College and Indiana University, where he received a doctorate in 1965. He taught science and mathematics in Carroll and Baltimore counties and graduate courses at the University of Maryland, University of Virginia and Towson State University. He was especially proud of his roles in overseeing and building school audio/visual and library services as supervisor and director of educational communications for Prince George's County from 1963 to 1979.

He was an active photographer, professional and recreational, for most of his life. He enjoyed golfing, boating, travel, painting and real estate investing. He was president of the Maryland Audiovisual Association and local PTA chapters and served on the board of the Maryland State PTA. He was honored for his work in establishing the Maryland State Film Festival.

He was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church the Parkinson's disease associations in Maryland and Florida, and the Maryland Retired Teachers Association. He will he lovingly remembered as a man who grew remarkably during a diverse life.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Jeanne Mehrling Uhl, three sons, Dr. George Richard Uhl, of Towson, Mark Daniel Uhl of Brookeville, and David Ronald Uhl of Annapolis, and three grandsons. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 30, 1999, at Calvary United Methodist Church, with burial at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Association of Southwest Florida Inc. P.O. Box 9778, Naples, FL 34101.


Felix R. De Leo

Felix R. De Leo, 77, of Marco Island, died Tuesday, April 27, in Naples surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Boston.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, class of 1942, he was a chemist with the DuPont Corporation until retirement in 1983. He was a United States Army veteran achieving the rank of major, having served with the Third Armored Division.

Surviving family includes his wife of 50 years, Florence; three daughters, Patricia Harris of Milford, Mass., Linda Roland of Somers, Conn., and Gail Mann of Merrimack, N.H.; a son, David De Leo, also of Merrimack; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Sorci of Milton, Mass., and Jean Shanahan of Lexington, Mass.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, May 3, in Bourne, Mass., with burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery with full military honors.


Richard F. Zielinski

Richard F. Zielinski, 74, died Friday, April 30, 1999, with his mother and uncle in a traffic accident in Scottsdale, Ariz.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pauline J. (Mufich) Zielinski. Beloved father of Noreen Suhadolc, Karen Cirricione and Denise Conroy. Survivors also include five grandchildren, a brother, Arnold Zielinski, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Frank and Catherine (Minarich) Zielinski.

He was born and lived in Joliet, Ill., and was a resident of Marco Island for the past 18 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran and served in the Pacific Theater. He also served in the Korean War and was a member of the Tin Can Sailors.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 5, 1999, in Joliet, Ill.


Walburg Lannom

Walburg Lannom, 72, died April 23, 1999, at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was a 26-year resident of the Isles of Capri and a former 14-year resident of Manchester, Mich.

Both the church and music were integral parts of her life. She attended the United Church of Marco where she sang with the choir, taught Sunday school, helped oversee the annual Christmas Bazaar, worked in the Bargain Basket, and served as a Stevens Minister. She was also a long-time participant in the Marco Lutheran's Bible study group. Formerly a member of the Sweet Adelines, she more recently sang in the Marco Island Concert Choir. Until the latter stages of her illness, she was also a member of the Florida International Club.

Walburg is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Christiane and Ronald Taylor of Richmond, Ky.; two step-daughters, June Turnbull and her husband George, of Savannah, Ga., and Mary Korican and her husband John, of Manchester, Mich.; one stepdaughter-in-law, Elizabeth Lannom, also of Manchester, Mich.; 10 step-grandchildren; and 12 step great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by five sisters, Gertraud Dening, Irmgard Scholz, Giesela Fenn, of Germany; Ingeborg Ratty of England, and Hildegard Weltner of Canada.

She was predeceased by her husband, Roscoe; stepson, Thomas; and brother, Walter Klocke.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island, with the Rev. Joy A. Baumgartner officiating. Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Marco Music Fund, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island, FL, 34145.


Janalle Conroy

Janalle Conroy, 49, died April 21, 1999, in Marco Island. She was born Nov. 29, 1949, in Minneapolis to Glenn and Carol (Carlson) Swanson. She had been a resident of Marco Island for 12 years, coming from Minneapolis. She enjoyed tennis and boating and was a member of the Marco Island Yacht and Sailing Club. She had a special gift of giving, touched many lives and will be missed.

She is survived by her friend and companion Michael McNamara; her mother, Carol Swanson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jay and Michelle Swanson of Stoughton, Wis., and Scott and Mary Swanson of Plymouth, Minn.; and four nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Glenn Swanson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 1999, at San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Gulf Coast Florida, 1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919.


Lt. Col. Arthur Weldon Cade Jr.

Art Cade of Marco Island passed away Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Naples Community Hospital.

He was born in Ivoryton, Conn., on May 18, 1920, to A.W. Cade Sr. and Dorothy Kelsey Cade. He met his wife of 53 years, Corinne Curry Cade, while they were stationed in Japan during World War II. Corinne preceded him in death in August 1997. As an Air Force pilot, he flew B-17 bombers, and was also a mission planner, strategist, flight instructor, and air sea rescue specialist.

Upon returning state side, he settled in Key West, Fla., his wife's "ancestral home." There, he continued in aviation instruction while he served as administrative officer of the Public Works Department in the U. S. Navy Air Station.

He was continually involved in community service wherever he resided. In Key West, he was vice president of the Naval Key West Federal Credit Union. He was also chairman of the Civilian Workers Recreation Association and served as treasurer and vestry officer at the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.

While residing in Daytona Beach, he helped in a variety of activities. He was task force chairman for the Daytona Beach Charter Review and Revision. Also, he initiated a highly successful commemorative Race Week motorcycle pin sales campaign in conjunction with the Daytona Beach Lions Club and Daytona International Speedway. In his neighborhood, he began a Citizens Alert and C.B. Patrol program. In addition, he served as a chairman for various political election endeavors.

He recently moved to Marco Island and served on the board of directors of the Smokehouse Bay Condominium Association, where he resided.

He leaves behind his loving son Don, daughter-in-law Fern, and one granddaughter, all of Marco Island. Also, he leaves behind his brothers Donald and Merton Cade, as well as sisters-in-law Marilyn and Jean Cade. In addition, his many nieces, nephews and close friends were touched by his sincere compassion, generosity, and friendship, as well as his great sense of humor, for which he was renown.

Col. Cade has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of Volusia County. His services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at Bellvue Memorial of Cedar Hill Gardens in Daytona Beach, Fla.


Gay White

Gay White, 77, died April 12 at the Naples Community Hospital.

Born Oct. 30, 1921, in Grand Island, Neb., she was a Marco resident for 12 years. She was a member of the Marco Presbyterian Church, the Art League of Marco Island, the American Association of University Women, and the Sailing Association of Marco Island.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; two sons, John McPhail of Columbus, Neb., and Dan McPhail of Des Moines, Iowa; a daughter, Gay McClymont of North Platte, Neb.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Services will be held at the Dundee Presbyterian Church, Omaha, Neb., on April 22. Memorial contributions can be made to the Naples Community Hospital or to the charity of one's choice. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Marco Presbyterian Church.


Shirley A. Olger

Shirley A. Olger, 70, died Sunday, April 18, 1999, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born May 17, 1928, in Durand, Mich. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. O'Keefe, and her parents, Mabel and Harvey Shriver.

She is survived by a daughter, Lynne O'Keefe; two sons, James T. O'Keefe and Thomas G. Olger; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held Thursday, April 22, at Van Zantwick Funeral Home in Grand Haven, Mich.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurses Hospice, 1401 Cedar N.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.


Dorothy Rickard

Dorothy Wynn Downes Rickard, 83, died Friday, April 9, 1999.

She was a resident of Philipsburg, Pa., and Marco Island. She was born in Philipsburg, Pa. to Robert J. and Vera (Wynn) Downes. She was a 1933 graduate of Philipsburg High School and received a bachelor's degree from Penn State University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1940. Early in her career she was employed by the Associated Press in New York City and the Chautauquian Daily newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y.

She was published author for Doubleday and her favorite publication was Little Willie. She wrote numerous articles for Reader's Digest, Highlights for Children, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and Catholic Digest.

She was Protestant by faith. She was a member of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation and a member and former regent of the Moshannon Valley chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1961, she was the first woman elected to the Philipsburg, Borough Council. She served on boards for the Moshannon Valley Sewer Authority and the Centre County Housing Authority, where she was instrumental in establishing housing for the elderly. She was honored by a television station in Pennsylvania for contributions to the community.

She was an avid sheller, bird-watcher and world traveler.

Survivors include a son, Roger W. Rickard of Bellefonte, Pa., and a daughter, Edna B. Driskill of Waynesboro, Va. She was predeceased by her husband, Rembrandt Bair Rickard, who died in July 1997 and by her parents.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Philipsburg Cemetery in Philipsburg, Pa., with the Rev. Thomas A. McCoy officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philipsburg Historical Foundation, c/o Mrs. John B. Graffius, treasurer, 111 13th St., Philipsburg, Pa., 16866.


Lorraine Davis

Lorraine Kinzer Davis died at sunrise Easter Sunday, April 4, 1999, at her home on Marco Island.

She was born in Litchville, N.D. Jan. 1, 1925, and lived in Claremont, N.H., for several years. She was the daughter of the late Ward Kinzer and Florence Nelson Kinzer. She was the wife of the late Merrill G. Davis of Hartland Vt., who died Nov. 7, 1998. She had a great impact on the lives of all of the members of her family and friends in many special ways.

She is survived by a son, S. Bradley Tenney and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Sharon Tenney Bush and her husband, Bill, both of Marco Island; a son, Michael M. Davis, of Vermont; three grandchildren; and three sisters, Dolores Anderson of Naples, Fla., Mavis DeBattista of Medinah, Ill., and Janyce Spencer of Marco Island. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Fuller Funeral Home 1625 Pine Ridge Road. She has put her trust in Jesus.


Margaret Hayhoe

Margaret "Marge" Hayhoe, 74, died April 14, 1999, in Houghton, Mich.

She was co-founder of Capitol Excavating and Paving Co., of Mason, Mich. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Hayhoe Sr. She had a zest for life and a great love for her family.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Hayhoe-Meloth of Boulder, Colo.; three sons, Richard George Hayhoe Jr. of Okemos, Mich., Patrick Hayhoe of Mason, Mich., and Michael Hayhoe of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Ellis of Houghton, Mich., and Mary Lou Noblet of Marco Island.

The funeral liturgy was celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Mason, Mich., with the Rev. Kenneth McDonald officiating. The rite of committal was held in Hawley Cemetery, Mason, Mich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrow Hospital Foundation, c/o Hospice House 1215 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Mich., 48909.


Emil W. Mozola

Dr. Emil W. Mozola died April 12, 1999. He was born March 23, 1915, in Cleveland.

He had been a Marco Island property owner since 1966. Graduated from what is now known as Case Western University and from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia. Following an internship and residency training in surgery, he entered the Navy and was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington D.C. He later served duty on the hospital ship U.S.S. Consolation and on Adm. Barby's flagship in the China seas. After transferring to the U. S. Public Health Service he was a surgeon for six years; resigning his commission as a commander, he practiced in Independence, Ohio, until 1995. He was predeceased by a son, Martin Ernest II, and leaves a wife, Emily; a son, Thomas; and daughter, Meredith de Moss.

Arrangements are being handled by the Beachwood Society of Naples. A date for a memorial Mass will announced later.


Alice B. Fegley

Alice B. (Longfellow) Fegley, 80, died Thursday, April 8, 1999, at the DePaul Health Care Center, Bridgeton, Mo. She was a resident of Marco Island and Saint Charles, Mo. She formerly lived in New Canaan, Conn.

She was the widow of Robert L. Fegley Jr.

She was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Seattle to Matthew L. and Mabel Pearl (Blaine) Longfellow. She was an accomplished concert pianist.

While in Seattle, she was a piano student of Edna Coleman and of Albert Venino, a pupil of Franz Liszi. In New York City, she studied with composer Harold Morris at the Julliard School of Music. She also studied in summer scholarships with such artists as Rudolph Ganz, Myra Hess, Alexander Stojowski, Dailies Franz and Lilias McKinnon. Throughout her career, she continued public piano performances in Schenectady, N.Y. with the Etude Club and the Music Study Club; in New Canaan, Conn., with Juliet Shaw's Duo-Piano Group and the New Canaan Piano Quartette. She also was the professional accompanist for the New Canaan Community Chorus, the New Canaan Country Day School and New Canaan High School.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, New Canaan, Conn., where she served as organist from 1959-69.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1939 and a master of arts in music from New York's Columbia University in 1941.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Molly A. and Jon G. Rayner of Ballwin, Mo., and Susan P. and Stephen J. Osmond of Laurel, Md.; and two grandsons.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, Pa. The Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., in Schnecksville, Pa., handled arrangements. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Allentown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor's choice.


Jesse Carroll Stevens Nichols

Jesse Carroll Stevens Nichols, 90, died April 8, 1999, from complications of a stroke she previously suffered in 1989. She died at the Bentley Village Health Care Center in Naples.

She was a long-term resident of Alexandria and Leesburg, Va., and Marco Island, and had most currently resided in Naples.

She was born April 22, 1908, and raised in Dothan, Ala. She was a graduate of the Huntington Teachers College, now a part of the University of Alabama system. Prior to moving to the Washington D. C. area in 1937, she taught languages and basic science courses in Dothan and Montgomery, Ala.; and worked for the Department of the Army at Fort Benning, Ga.

She was a past member of the Alexandria and Leesburg, Va., and Marco Island garden clubs. She served as an honorary trustee of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation. Until her illness in 1989, she was an active member and regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Association of University Women and the Auxiliary of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. She was a long-term member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Marco Island.

Her husband of 43 years, Louis B. Nichols, who had been the assistant to the director of the FBI, died in 1977. She is survived by two sons: John Edgar Nichols of McLean, Va., and Louis Stevens Nichols of Purceville, Va., as well as five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 9, 1999, at the Bentley Village Health Care facility in North Naples. Interment will be at the Wesley United Methodist Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent in her name to the Bentley Village Health Care Memorial Fund in Naples, Florida.


Martha D. Clemens

Martha D. Clemens of Marco Island died Friday, April 2, 1999.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and was a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa. She received a master of arts degree from Newark State College in Newark, N.J. She did further graduate work at Penn State University.

She was an elementary school principal in the Wharton school system in Wharton, N.J. for about five years. She was a supervising principal in the Denville Township, Lakeview School for 25 years until her retirement to Marco Island in 1972.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harold O. Clemens.

Visitation was held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Chapel of Peace at Naples Memorial Gardens.


Joseph Borowski Jr.

Joseph Borowski Jr., 65, of Marco Island died Saturday, April 3, 1999, in Naples.

He was a 22-year resident, coming from Chicago. He was a tool and die maker and served in the U. S. Army Reserve.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Janice Egan Borowski of Marco island; two sons, Joseph M. Borowski of Fort Lauderdale and James D. Borowski of Golden Gate; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Lorraine Zuk and Dorothea Salinski, both of Bloomingdale, Ill.

A memorial service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home chapel, Marco Island.


Robert Ryan

Robert Andrew Ryan, 76, died Monday, April 5, 1999 in Marco Island.

He was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Chicago to William and Della (Regan) Ryan. He proudly served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He and his wife have been winter residents in Marco for the past 20 years. He belonged to San Marco Catholic Church and to the Marco bridge clubs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Margaret; five children, James Ryan, Nancy Sorich, Robert Ryan and William Ryan, all of Chicago, and Gerald Ryan of Glendale, Ariz.; and 13 grandchildren.

A funeral was held at the Robert Sheehy and Sons Funeral Home, 900 W. 151st St. Orland Park, Ill. 60462. Interment followed in St. Marys Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Ill.